- NC's spigot for Golden LEAF could turn back on again Updated: Jul-05-15 9:34 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Republicans at the General Assembly who once soured upon a foundation that used to get half of North Carolina's national tobacco settlement money may be coming around to embrace it, or at least accept it.
- Analysis: Credit rating agencies combing through La. budget Updated: Jul-05-15 7:26 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers struck a budget deal that spared health care and colleges from deep cuts, lessened the reliance on quick fixes to stay afloat and won Gov. Bobby Jindal's signature. But was that enough to satisfy national credit rating agencies?
- California tax officials slam Blue Shield in audit Updated: Jul-05-15 4:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A decision to strip Blue Shield of California of its tax-exempt status was justified by an audit that outlines the nonprofit health insurer's stockpiling of $4 billion in surpluses, state tax officials said in a report.
- Newspaper: Wisconsin prison guard suspended for Obama post Updated: Jul-05-15 2:25 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Documents show that a Wisconsin prison guard was ordered to serve a one-day suspension for a joke he posted on Facebook about President Barack Obama and lynching, according to a newspaper report published Sunday.
- Colorado Supreme Court to review bridge fee Updated: Jul-05-15 2:10 pm
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to review a 2009 vehicle fee approved by state lawmakers in a case that could determine the fate of millions of dollars in transportation funding.
- AG's office: Parkersburg tax plan not in accordance with law Updated: Jul-05-15 12:56 pm
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says Parkersburg's plan to delay business and occupation tax cuts isn't in accordance with the state's home rule law.
- Funding in trouble for rural libraries in Pennington County Updated: Jul-05-15 11:37 am
WALL, South Dakota - Rural libraries in western South Dakota's Pennington County could see a major cut to their funding, a move that would force them to reduce program or service hours.
- Houlka budget back in the black Updated: Jul-05-15 11:28 am
HOULKA, Mississippi - Tighter financial management and other steps have brought the Town of Houlka out of a $100,000 hole.
- Missouri budget official says more spending freezes unlikely Updated: Jul-05-15 11:20 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - After years of restrictions on spending that have frustrated lawmakers and rendered some state programs ineffective, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's office says finances are in place to fully fund the new year's budget - making further spending freezes unlikely.
- On gas, nuclear, hydro, Vermont ducks energy problems Updated: Jul-05-15 11:17 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was "in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources."
- Fairbanks considers marijuana tax Updated: Jul-05-15 11:07 am
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A proposal before the Fairbanks City Council would add a 5 percent sales tax to marijuana products when they become legal in 2016.
- Closer Look: Despite budget deadlock, there are ways out Updated: Jul-05-15 11:01 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - What Illinois needs is for one of its political leaders to blink.
- Rhode Island awarded Department of Labor grants Updated: Jul-05-15 9:32 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island has been awarded two federal grants that officials say will help connect job seekers with employers.
- 2 choices, many possible results for Greece's landmark vote Updated: Jul-05-15 5:37 am
LONDON - The Greek people are voting on a future in which they face two painful prospects: the slow grind of years more of austerity cuts or the country's potentially catastrophic exit from the 19-nation eurozone.
- US, wooing Vietnam, readies red carpet for communist chief Updated: Jul-05-15 1:10 am
HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country.
- Gov. Walker and Wisconsin GOP retreat on open records limits Updated: Jul-04-15 5:23 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - In a sudden reversal amid a stinging backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back open records laws.
- Sales tax flap hits sheriff in northern Michigan Updated: Jul-04-15 4:04 pm
BEULAH, Michigan - A sheriff in northern Michigan has paid $42 in sales tax for new tires after officials learned that he was given a tax-exempt sale for the personal purchase.
- Wildlife group: Bird ban hurts educational presentations Updated: Jul-04-15 2:51 pm
DAYTON, Ohio - A recent ban meant to protect Ohio's $2.3 billion poultry industry from a deadly bird flu virus has hampered educational wildlife presentations, environmental educators and volunteers argue.
- Expectation of veto aided GOP's legislative wins, some say Updated: Jul-04-15 1:22 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - After three years of futility, Republicans finally used their majorities in Pennsylvania's state House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit in the state's public employee retirement systems and privatizing its government-controlled wine and liquor store system.
- Flawed bailouts, political missteps brought Greece to brink Updated: Jul-04-15 1:22 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany - After two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($266 billion) and six years of depression, spending cuts and lost jobs, Greece teeters on the edge of collapse.
- State budget limbo affects services and projects Updated: Jul-04-15 1:05 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The state budget stalemate is affecting services and projects in central Illinois.
- After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M Updated: Jul-04-15 12:19 pm
SEATTLE - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.
- NC legislators want Medicaid reform before expansion Updated: Jul-04-15 12:04 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Despite a key win in the Supreme Court and pressure from liberal activists, North Carolina's legislative leaders said this past week that they have no plans to expand the state's Medicaid rolls through President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.
- Things to know Massachusetts' state budget delay Updated: Jul-04-15 11:25 am
BOSTON - Meet the state's new fiscal year. Same as the old fiscal year.
- New taxes hit soda, vending machines in Vermont Updated: Jul-04-15 11:25 am
BURLINGTON, Vermont - Vermonters who use vending machines or like soft drinks are having to fork over a bit more cash for those things.